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posted Feb 29, 2012, 6:01 PM by Roger Thomas   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 7:01 AM ]

The Central Park Medical Unit

The Central Park Medical Unit (CPMU) is a unique volunteer ambulance corps providing free emergency medical service in New York City's world famous Central Park.

Over three decades of service

--For more than 36 years, CPMU has been the Central Park community's very own ambulance service. As a premier Emergency Medical Service, CPMU exists to provide life-saving medical assistance and psychological first aid to those in need.

An Unusual Ambulance Corps

--Unlike any other EMS squad in the country. The Central Park Medical Unit is the front-line emergency medical response team for some of the largest and most prestigious events in the world-including the New York City Marathon, the Goodwill Games, Disney Movie premiers in the Park, and the visits of such renowned dignitaries as Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, and Former President Jimmy Carter, just to name a few.

Community safety

--CPMU is also the medical safety net for the sons and daughters of New York City who play and train in the Park. From Pee Wee Soccer to corporate softball teams, runners and skaters, thousands of New Yorkers compete in sports events every weekend. Whether its a sprained ankle sustained in a game of touch football or a serious head injury when a cyclist and rollerblader collide, our dedicated volunteers are there in usually less than 3 minutes to provide expert care and rapid transport to the hospital when needed.

A critical service that is completely FREE

--The Central Park Medical Unit (“CPMU”) is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Corporation. We do not bill our patients or their insurance for the medical treatment or the transportation we provide. These services routinely cost in excess of $840 with a typical ambulance service. Responding to dozens of calls on a daily basis during our hours of operation, many of these calls are true medical emergencies resulting in life saving care -- which represents well in excess of two and a half million dollars in FREE care to the people of New York City.

On call to the larger community in times of crisis

--CPMU is on call to Manhattan’s 1.6 million residents when the City’s Emergency Medical Service system goes into backlog. Located in the center of Manhattan, CPMU is surrounded by a vast array of critical infrastructure all within 6 miles of our primary area of response and within the County of New York. We have been a first responder for major incidents including the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, various mass transit emergencies, the 2003 Blackout and most recently the 2010 Blizzard. When the City's Emergency Medical Service is in backlog, CPMU picks up the overload, responding throughout the City to everything from serious motor vehicle accidents and fires to overdoses and seizures, and everything in between.

Praise from city agencies and the media

--CPMU has been rewarded repeatedly and recognized by the New York City Mayors Office, the New York City Council, the Central Park Community Council, the New York Police Department and key organizations that oversee the Park, for its life saving efforts, and for being a keystone in making Central Park such a secure and enjoyable experience for New Yorkers and tourists. CPMU resources have been captured in innumerable photographs by local, national and international journalists alike that come annually to visit the “Jewel of New York City.”  Due to its unique position of being the only volunteer ambulance corps with open membership, CPMU has been the subject of numerous TV and print news stories. Articles have been seen in the New York Times, New York Daily News and the New York Post as well as segments on CNN, NBC and ABC. CPMU has also made multiple cameo appearances on the hit TV series Law and Order.

Central Park Medical Unit, inc.

Box 440, Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

For membership inquiries:

If you have received medical care from our volunteers, please drop us a line and tell us how you are doing!